Even casual fans of the NFL are well aware of the historic start to the season of Peyton Manning. The future Hall of Fame quarterback is not only making Denver fans happy with a 5-0 start, but also delivering for fantasy football owners. As the season moves forward, can he actually keep this up?
As of right now, Manning has already set the NFL record with 20 touchdowns in the first five games of the season. Denver as a team has scored 230 points, which blows out the 2000 St. Louis Rams as the best five-game start to a regular season ever as well. Any Fantasy Football owner will tell you that things tend to regress back to averages at some point, but Denver appears to be only picking up steam.
One factor working in Manning’s favor going forward is that he is not relying on beating up terrible teams to put up inflated statistics. Yes, they play in the down AFC West, but they have already taken care of the likes of Baltimore, New York Giants, Philadelphia and Dallas.
Week 6 should be their easiest game of the year, as they welcome the Jaguars to town. After that, the three-week stretch of Kansas City at home, New England on the road and Kansas City on the road could be tough. Manning’s fantasy football numbers could take a slight hit, but an easier end to the regular season could allow him to be a strong asset during the playoffs.
The injury concern remains the one thing everyone fears when fully trusting Manning. All the neck injuries he has dealt with in the past are real, and at age 37, one bad blow could knock him out of the game forever. Other than that, 2013 could turn out to be a pretty special season.
If you own him in fantasy football, only an insanely good offer should be considered. There are doubts surrounding just about every player in the league, but thanks to a strong supporting cast and a favorable schedule for the most part, Manning is perhaps the biggest lock going forward.
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